Public requested for views on new taking walks and biking routes in West Edinburgh


The proposals include extra than 4km of segregated cycle tracks, linking to regions like East Craigs, Sighthill and Wester Hailes, as well as Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College. The council, which changed into awarded investment for the undertaking two years ago, said the goal changed into a properly-linked, people-pleasant environment. And it said the plans constructed on responses to initial engagement with humans operating in the place, when 88 in line with cent stated they supported biking and strolling improvements.

The task may even see a new bridge built across the railway line subsequent to Gyle Park, to create a nice, direct path linking South Gyle and nearby neighbourhoods to inexperienced spaces and offices. There will be site visitors calming measures throughout the area, as well as of new public spaces and improvements to footpaths along the direction and new road crossings as an opportunity to some of the underpasses. The council gained a complete of £12 million of investment in 2017 for this project – then known as the West Edinburgh Active Travel Network – and any other, concerning a cycle link from the Meadows and George Street. The coins changed into from Places for Everyone, a Scottish Government-funded programme delivered through Sustrans Scotland. Ian Maxwell, of biking campaign institution Spokes, said: “While this scheme is actually a great addition to Edinburgh’s developing network, it’s far frustrating that not anything has been constructed inside the years due to the fact that Edinburgh received this funding. The metropolis risks losing this authorities investment if they can’t make some development.” Transport and surroundings convener Lesley Macinnes said the West Edinburgh Link become an “important issue” of the ambition to make Edinburgh a greener, healthier and better-related city. “We understand from initial engagement with human beings operating in the region just how important enhancements to walking, biking and public areas are here. We’re now excited to percentage early idea design thoughts, which awareness on lively journey and those-pleasant areas, and to work carefully with nearby groups to form their improvement.”

Sustrans Scotland Infrastructure supervisor Tierney Lovell stated: “The West Edinburgh Link promises to make it easier for heaps of human beings throughout the west of Edinburgh to make their trips to work, school, parks or shops with the aid of walking, biking or wheeling.” The drop-in occasions could be at: Gyle Shopping Centre, March 21, 12pm to 7pm; Westside Plaza, April four, 12pm to 5.30pm; South Gyle Crescent, April 25, 8am-five.30pm; Gyle Shopping Centre, April 27, 10am to 4pm. People also can participate in the consultation on-line, so as to run till May 10.